One Perfect Lie

One Perfect Lie

Book - 2017
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"One Perfect Lie is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will keep you guessing until you turn the very last page. On the surface, it tells the tale of the struggling single mother of a high-school pitcher, a shy kid so athletically talented that he's being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But the mother fears that she's losing her grip on her son because he's being lured down a darker path by one of his teammates, a secretly disturbed young man from an affluent family, whose excellent grades and fun-loving manner conceal his violent criminal plans. Add a handsome stranger who comes to town and infiltrates the high school, posing as a teacher but with a hidden agenda all his own. The mix becomes combustible when a beloved faculty member turns up dead as a suicide, in circumstances equally consistent with murder. Only then is the true identity of the fake teacher revealed, and the single mother finds herself engaged in a battle for the future, the soul, and the very life of her only son. One Perfect Lie is a riveting and suspenseful family drama, and by the time you close the book, you will realize that nothing was as it seemed at the beginning"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250099563
1250099560
9781472243041
1472243048
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 25 cm

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kdangle
Sep 22, 2017

This was a quick read, but I wouldn't spend my time on it if I could have a "do over."
It was truly written for those that have mastered suspension of disbelief when reading.

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Cn1234
Aug 31, 2017

Do NOT waste your time on this book. I couldn't even finish it.... One of the worst books I have ever read.....

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McAnnieG
Aug 28, 2017

Part One: We meet Chris Brennan, Central Valley HS's newest Government Studies teacher and varsity baseball assistant coach. Except his real name is Curt Abbott and he's interested in which of his students can be turned into a terrorist bomber. (Excellent)
Part Two: We learn who Curt Abbott really is and how he's manipulating CVHS staff and the parents of the boys he has targeted and why. (Interesting)
Part Three: As the bombing countdown has begun, just how far will Chris/Curt go when up against all the alphabet agencies and his own bosses. (Thrilling until the end......then.....not)

If you like True Lies (movie) and Happy Ever After stories then this would bring a better rating. I found the ending so 'off' that I still can't figure out what Ms Scottoline was thinking!

Nail biter until the end.

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zoethedog
Aug 08, 2017

One of the worst books I have ever read. Totally far fetched plots and poorly written with excessive descriptions.

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cfullinwider
Aug 06, 2017

Really enjoyed book...fairly predictable ending, but didn't know so until end....

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Butterfly121761
Aug 01, 2017

Part 1 was exciting and then I hit Part 2 and was REALLY????? I decided to plow through even though I was disappointed. While it didn't keep me glued to the story or on the edge of my seat, it did keep me turning the pages.

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pharra19
Jul 29, 2017

The story races along at breakneck speed, making you want to turn the pages faster to find out what happens.
Despite some obvious gaping holes in the plot, it was a very good read!

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Libbyann1
Jul 23, 2017

The book began well but but the author did no stay true to the theme. After the plot was revealed, the story went downhill and was never actually resolved.
The dialogue was forced and didn't add anything to the story.

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Eil_1
Jul 14, 2017

Rented this because I've thoroughly enjoyed Scottoline's books. It began and continued to be an engrossing story. The plot and characters came alive and I found it to be a real page-turner! Without wanting to give anything away, I found the conclusion to be somewhat contrived. Nevertheless, I did like the book.

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gloryb
Jul 09, 2017

At first, it was enjoyable reading about Chris turning up at a secondary school to teach and to coach, and reading about 3 varying families whose sons were in Chris's class, but then I wondered where is the plot? Half way through the book, the author informs the reader about the plot she has in mind and what Chris is really up to at the school. I thought the basis of the plot was ridiculous, but I was by then hooked into finding out what was going to happen to the teens. The ending was all action, even though it was highly imaginative - nothing that could really happen.

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